Categories
World News

Major fire breaks out near Weymouth waste plant sparking ‘several’ explosions

The Daily Star’s FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox

A huge fire has been reported in Dorset in the south of England – with reports of a loud bang being heard ahead of the appearance of huge billowing clouds of smoke.

Thick, black smoke was visible from Chickerell Road in Weymouth before 3pm on Sunday afternoon after a blaze broke out at Crookhill waste plant.

Emergency services have released a statement in relation to the fire.

A fleet of 15 fire engines and an army of 75 firefighters have responded to the scene to help tackle the blaze – with local members of the public instructed to steer clear of the incident and close the windows and doors of their homes.

Dorset Echo reports a spokesman for the fire service stating: "We are currently dealing with a significant fire at the council depot on Chickerell Road, Chickerell involving multiple vehicles.

"This has caused a lot of smoke and several explosions.

"Please keep doors and windows closed in the local area as a precaution.

"We have some 75 firefighters on scene working hard to prevent the fire from spreading further."

  • Huge 30-person fight erupts on London estate as men brawl with knives and baseball bats

Thick smoke can be seen from miles away from the source of the fire – with local residents giving eyewitness reports.

Local Ferenc Dobos told Dorset Echo: "This thick black smoke is billowing up to the sky and drifting towards our house."

While photos shared via social media show smoke drifting out to sea from the scene.

  • Sick serial killer Peter Sutcliffe's funeral may have to be paid for by taxpayer

Further images show a line of truck ablaze at the source of the smoke.

The local Dorset Council has revealed that waste collection services will be suspended due to the fire.

A spokesman has said: "Due to today's fire at Crookhill depot, waste collection services in the surrounding Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland areas will be suspended from tomorrow."

Cllr Jill Haynes, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Customer Services and Communities has said in a statement: “While it’s too early to determine the cause of the fire at our Crookhill depot today, we do know that waste collection services in the surrounding Chickerell, Weymouth and Portland areas will be suspended from tomorrow (Monday 16 November).

"We have already begun planning how we can deliver these services and will make an announcement as soon as we know what’s happening.

"In the meantime, we ask that local Chickerell residents keep their windows and doors closed until the fire has been fully extinguished.

"Please keep an eye on our website, social media channels and local press for further updates. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.”

  • Twitter
  • Fire

Source: Read Full Article